TANF’s cautionary tale about block grants

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF, is the block-grant created by Congress in the 1996 welfare reform legislation. Designed “to end welfare as we know it,” TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) which had provided cash assistance to the nation’s neediest families since 1935. The TANF block grant amount has not changed […]

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Legislative Update: April 7, 2017

Relief for renters Colorado’s growing population and booming economy have created an ideal market for landlords and property owners – often, at the expense of low- and middle-income renters. In recent years, the percentage of Coloradans who rent rather than own has increased. Many tenants struggle to find and maintain housing because rents are too […]

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Working Colorado: Is college-level earning power flattening?

The conventional wisdom that college grads earn more than those with less education still holds true today. According to 2016 data, annual median earnings for college graduates were nearly $24,000 greater than for Coloradans who stopped at high school. What’s changed, however, is that wages for college graduates have essentially stalled. College-educated workers in Colorado […]

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Advocacy Alert: Protect Our Care!

Amid the information overload of these times, it would be easy for distracted citizens to overlook a critical moment in the nation’s history: the prospect that Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will leave millions of people (and hundreds of thousands of Coloradans) without health insurance. On […]

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Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage!

  On March 6, House Republicans introduced a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Titled the American Health Care Act, the legislation would substantially reduce the number of insured Coloradans and make it far more difficult for low- and moderate-income families to afford care. Let the members of the Colorado delegation know that this plan would devastate jeopardize […]

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Working Colorado: Where are the men?

It’s one of the most compelling questions about our modern labor market. While jobs have returned since the recession and unemployment is low, it is clear that not all workers have returned to work. And the people most prominently missing from the labor force are men. Yet, as with many challenges facing our post-recession economy, […]

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Statement on executive orders

Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s mission is advancing the health, well-being and economic security of low-income Coloradans through research, education, advocacy and litigation. Our work rests on the fundamental assumption that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government adhere to norms that foster a civil society and the rule of law, and that […]

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Legislative & Policy Preview 2017: Health Care Program

During this year’s legislative session, CCLP’s Health Program will work to ensure that coverage expansions — particularly the Medicaid expansion — are protected. In addition, we will participate in efforts to increase pricing transparency and reduce costs in the private insurance market. We’ll also work to improve the information Medicaid recipients receive about important decisions […]

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Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage

In just two weeks, Congress will discuss cutting billions of dollars from Medicaid funding and programs that make health care coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Now is the time to tell Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and our Congressional delegation that lives are at stake. Let our representatives know that no action […]

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Statement on the 2016 election results

Claire Levy, Executive Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, issued the following statement about the 2016 election results: The 2016 election generated both good news and bad news for the low-income families who the Colorado Center on Law and Policy serves. First, the good news: We are delighted and thankful that Colorado […]

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Raising the wage: Good for business and Colorado

In 2006, opponents warned that jobs would be lost and the state’s economy would suffer if voters approved a ballot initiative to raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85. But the sky did not fall. In fact, in the two years after Coloradans approved the measure, the economy generated more than 3,000 new small […]

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Raise the wage for rural Colorado

Statistics show that low-wage workers in rural Colorado need a raise. Underscoring that point is the fact that household income is lower and poverty rates are higher in rural counties of Colorado compared to urban areas. Meanwhile, the economic gap between urban and rural areas of the state continued to widen since the Great Recession […]

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Private occupational schools raise public concerns

Last month, the U.S Department of Education issued what would ultimately be a death sentence for ITT, a large for-profit technical school. The department forbade ITT from enrolling new students who depend on federal financial aid — the main source of ITT’s revenue. This restriction was issued in reponse to concerns about ITT’s recruitment and […]

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Amendment 71 ‘raises the bar’ too high

Policymakers and political observers have long complained that Colorado’s constitution is full of arcane and seemingly random amendments – a few of which have caused some serious fiscal problems for the state. The most vexing amendment of the sprawling document is the so-called Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR), which has forced perennial spending cuts […]

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